What Eyebrow Works Best For Your Face? – Brow Bootcamp

Alyson Ben-Yehuda

by Alyson Ben-Yehuda | August 11, 2011 @ 09:00AM

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I can’t take it anymore. I need to save the world from bad eyebrows. Welcome to Brow Bootcamp.

When "putting on our face," we often want to accentuate our eyes. They’re the windows to the soul and whatnot. Unfortunately, some of us are a little misguided in our efforts. Don’t worry! It’s not all your fault! We are told things like “eyeliner is to define your eyes”, and “curl your lashes to make your eyes pop”, but eyeliner and curled lashes should take a back seat to your eyebrows. The single most important thing you can do to accentuate your eyes is frame them with good brows.

The wrong eyebrows can throw your whole face off balance and make you look tired. They can even add years to your appearance. The more we age, the more care for our eyebrows is needed because they lighten and thin as time passes. To help you figure out if you’re making critical eyebrow mistakes, grab a mirror and keep reading.

Facial Features Help Determine What Brow is Best For You

Take a look in the mirror. Do you have large eyes, a prominent nose, or pouty lips? Or perhaps you have smaller eyes, thinner lips, and a more demure nose? Those with stronger, more prominent features are better-served with a stronger brow. For example, take a look at Lea Michele (star of Fox’s Glee) with a semi-thin eyebrow:

The shape is fine, and there’s plenty of arch, but they’re looking a little thin. Lea has big eyes, a wide pouty mouth, and larger nose (she even had a whole episode of Glee devoted to it). The thin brows don’t support the rest of her face. Her overall look is much better suited to a thicker, but very defined brow:

Almost like magic, her face is back in proportion again. No one facial feature seems to be competing with any other. On the other hand, if you have more delicate facial features, brows that are too thick can be equally distracting. Case in point - Renee Zellweger:

Hollywood’s favorite sourpuss-face isn’t doing herself any favors with those caterpillar brows! Yikes! They make her brow seem so heavy and droopy – pile on the years, why don’t you? Hopefully she was just having an off day; I have seen photos where her brows look better. Like this one! 

The best way to frame smaller eyes is an eyebrow that seems to go up and out more than it goes up and then down again. Since gravity is the enemy here, we don’t want to do anything to take the outer eye downward. We want lift-off! A great example of someone with smaller eyes and perfect eyebrows for them is Kate Hudson.

Kate’s eyebrows get an A+. They’re not too thin or too thick, and they give wonderful lift to the outer eye area. Her makeup artist has also used a clever but simple trick for even more of a lifted effect. By adding some highlight just under the arch of the brows to attract the light to the highest point of the brow, Kate’s brows look even more lifted.

If after reading this you think your brows need a change but are an eyebrow novice, please, please go see a professional at your favorite spa to help you change your brow shape. For at least the initial shaping, getting a professional’s help and advice are critical to avoid disaster!

You’ve got to crawl before you can walk – check back for the next edition of Brow Bootcamp to keep your eyebrows from making you look old, haggard, and scary!

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